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Chamberlain, Charles Frances Falcon

Male 1826 - 1870

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  • Christened  11 Oct 1826  St. Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  31 Oct 1870  St Pauls, Ambala, Punjab, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I02225  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  23 Jul 2012 

    Father  Chamberlain, Henry,   c. 20 Sept 1773, St. Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1829, Regents Park, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Morgan, Anne Eugenia,   b. 11 Sep 1785, Lisbon, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Ded 1867, Satory, Versailles, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  05 Jun 1813  St George, Bloomsbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F00680  Group Sheet

    Family  Ormsby, Marion,   d. Aft 1870 
    Married  Abt 1855 
    Family ID  F00847  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • C.B.
      Chamberlain - Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Francis Falcon, CB - 23rd Punjab Pioneers - died 31st October 1870.
      Son of Sir Henry Chamberlain. Born 11th October 1826. Served Perisa 1857 (medal and bar), Mutiny 1857 (medal) Umbeyla 1863 (bar), Abyssinia 1868 (medal, CB).
      Grave at Ambala cemetery - "Sacred to the memory of Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain, Lt Colonel, CB, commanding 23rd Punjab Pioneers, born October 11 1826 died October 31 1870, a zealous officer, an affectionate friend this tomb is erected in loving memory, by his widow and children."
      Tablet in St. Paul's Church, Ambala - "In loving memory of Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain, C.B., Lt Colonel, Commandant 23rd Punjaub Pioneers, who died in this Cantonment, 31st October 1870, aged 44 years, after a brilliant service in the Deccan, Scinde, Persia, Oude, Abyssinia, and the Punjaub."

      H.E.I.C. AND BRITISH INDIA MEDALS (Brian Ritchie Collection)
      Estimate: £3000-£4000
      Hammer Price: £6800
      The Abyssinian C.B. group of four to Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Chamberlain, Commandant 23rd Sikhs, youngest of the four Chamberlain brothers, who was wounded during the Mutiny and at the head of his regiment at Umbeyla, and eight times mentioned in despatches during his career

      (a) The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Military) C.B., breast badge in 18 carat gold and enamels, hallmarked London 1867, complete with gold ribbon buckle

      (b) India General Service 1854-95, 3 clasps, Persia, North West Frontier, Umbeyla (Lieut. C. F. F. Chamberlain, 26th Regt. Bombay N.I.) the last two clasps contemporary tailor’s copies

      (c) Indian Mutiny 1857-59, no clasp (Capt. C. Chamberlain)

      (d) Abyssinia 1867 (Lieut. Coll. C. Chamberlain, 23rd Punjab Pioneers) good very fine
      Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain was the fourth and youngest son of Sir Henry Chamberlain, 1st Baronet, British Consul-General and Chargé d’Affaires at Rio de Janeiro, and his second wife, Anne Eugenia, the daughter of William Morgan of London. He was born at Baker Street, London, on 11 October 1826, and was nominated a Cadet for the Bombay Service by the Earl of Ripon on the recommendation of Charles Chaplin, Esq., in 1846, having previously held a commission in H.M’s 44th Regiment of Foot from August 1844 to June 1845. He disembarked at Bombay from the Duke of Cornwall on 18 June 1846, and was directed to do duty with the 9th Bombay Native Infantry at Nasik, but before the year was out, he exchanged at his own request with Lieutenant Dods in to the 26th Bombay N.I. at Ahmedabad. In April 1848, he was reported as having gained a colloquial proficiency in Hindustani and was noted as ‘a smart officer and attentive in his duties’. In May 1849, on the formation of the Punjab Frontier Force, he was appointed Adjutant of the 5th Punjab Cavalry. He joined the regiment at Mooltan and served with them on the Dera Ismail Khan frontier until March 1851, when he returned to Europe due to failing health.

      On his return to India in 1853 he was promoted Lieutenant and rejoined the 26th Bombay N.I. at Ahmednuggur. ... Chamberlain subsequently took part in the forced march to Boorzgoon, where a large quantity of enemy stores were captured, and afterwards participated in the battle of Kooshab and was present at the capture of Mohammerah, which fell without the use of troops after naval bombardment. During the Persian Expedition he received the first of his eight mentions in despatches. He remained in Persia at Outram’s disposal until the June 1857, when he returned to India and was appointed to the command of the regimental depot at Poona...
      In early 1858, he took part in operations against the Bheels in the Deccan and was wounded at the battle of Mandawa. ... taking part in the actions of Selimpur, Sandila, Jamo, Purwa, Simri, Bira and Daundia-Khera, ‘besides many minor affairs, and repeatedly distinguishing himself’. In the course of these services Chamberlain was mentioned in despatches no less than five times ...He was further rewarded with promotion to Brevet Major on attaining the rank of Captain, which he did on being admitted to the Bombay Staff Corps in February 1861. ...
      In October 1862, Sir Hugh Rose wrote to Chamberlain’s distinguished brother, Neville (See Lot 92): ‘You will be very glad to hear that your brother Charles did very well in the command of the Muzbees, as he deserves a reward for his excellent conduct in the field and was suited to the command of the Mooltanee Cavalry, I gave it to him.’ ..... ‘I am here [in Delhi] on a visit to my brother Crawford (See Lot 94), and all four of us brothers managed to meet, not having done so for the past twenty-six years.’ The fourth and eldest brother was Colonel Thomas Chamberlain, a city Magistrate at Lucknow.

      The fraternal reunion took place at Crawford’s house, and on 14 January 1863, Neville wrote to their mother from Government House, Lahore: ‘You will long ago have heard from others of the meeting of your four Indians at Delhi, but I do not think I can do better than refer to that happy event. The whole time we were together was one continued round of fun and mirth, and even when we left the drawing room we used to have a second meeting in Charlie’s room, and it was midnight ere we broke up. Our childhood’s pranks at school, and, I am ashamed to say, at home, - anything that gave a point to fun, was raked up and gone over again, and Hindoo Rao’s house never resounded before to such peals of laughter. Crawford and Charlie being of course the great promoters of it, whilst old Tom and I acted more as audience. In short, we were boys again.’

      In November 1863, Charles Chamberlain returned to the command of the 23rd Pioneers and proceeded with them on field service in the Umbeyla Campaign against fanatics in the Sittana area. ...

      ‘On the morning of the 16th, 400 sabres of the 11th Bengal Cavalry and Guide Corps, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Dighton Probyn, V.C. [See Lot123], arrived from camp, .... General Gavrock in his dispatch writes: ‘I would draw His Excellency’s attention to the mention made by the Brigadier of the good service rendered by the 23rd Pioneers under the command of Captain Chamberlain, who was wounded at its head, displaying the accustomed courage of those who bear his name.’

      At the conclusion of the Umbeyla campaign, Chamberlain went with his regiment to Peshawar where it served, apart from three months at Cherat, until October 1867..... in June of the following year, he was promoted Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel and created a Companion of the Bath on 14 August 1868. He and his Pioneers were principally employed in 1869-70, road building in the Agror Valley and at other places in Hazara. Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Chamberlain died suddenly on 31 October 1870, at Ambala whilst on leave.

      Refs: IOL L/MIL/9/213; IOL L/MIL/12/74 - 82; Bombay Almanac and Directory, 1856-1870; Modern English Biography (Boase); Soldiers of the Raj (De Rhé-Philipe) Life of Field Marshal Sir Neville Chamberlain (Forrest).